MAC Antiqued Eyeshadow

When it comes to eyeshadows, I am always most drawn to golden, bronze and coppery shades because they really make my blue eyes pop! Some of my all time favourites for this already are MAC Twinks (as seen here), MAC Tempting, MAC Amber Lights (as seen here), Urban Decay Baked and Smog (as seen used here and here) and MAC Woodwinked and All That Glitters. But I recently discovered a new shade that I am totally hooked on now. Let me introduce you to MAC Antiqued!

MAC Antiqued is a rusty, coppery brown with a veluxe pearl finish eyeshadow. The texture is super smooth so it applies like a dream, it is highly pigmented, versatile and it is great for both day or night makeup looks. It’s been my go-to shade these recent winter months because it’s such a beautiful warm deep colour that even on it’s own easily creates a stunning coppery smokey eye.

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Here are some pictures of a makeup look I created recently using MAC Antiqued eyeshadow and some other products I am loving at the moment.

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FACE: Paula’s Choice Soft Neutral Cream Concealer, applied underneath the eyes // Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Radiance (No. 1) lightly applied onto cheekbones, forehead and bridge of the noise // Then I applied the Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation in Beige (No.26) all over the face with a Sigma Stippling brush (link) // Finished off with Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder (in 52) to contour the face // and MAC blush in Melba on the apples of the cheeks //

EYES: MAC Brule eyeshadow applied to the brow bone and to the tear duct // MAC Antiqued eyeshadow applied all over the lid and blended quite highly into the crease for a nice simply smokey eye // Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Eyeliner in Blackened Black applied to the waterline // Curled my eyelashes with MAC Full Lash Curler (tutorial on how to do this here) // and applied two coats of Givency Noir Couture Volume Mascara in Black Taffeta onto my lashes – I’m loving this mascara at the moment! // and on my LIPS: AERIN’s Essential Rose Lip Balm.

I just can’t get enough of this coppery smokey eye look, and using MAC Antiqued makes it such a breeze to do! This shade is now definitely in my top 10 MAC eyeshadow list & you can check out my other top 15 favourite MAC eyeshadows here. Do you like this kind of bronze, coppery look and have you tried MAC Antiqued eyeshadow before?


  
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Hair New Years resolution in action with Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment

With 2015 here, we all have set our new years resolutions to make it the best year yet! So have I, and while most of them are focussed on healthy living and following my dreams – others are a bit more beauty based; like take better care of my skin and hair! Because I can be a bit useless when it comes to removing my makeup, or doing treatments on my hair to keep it in a healthy condition.

So I decided to start the year off right by giving my tresses a real treat this month by using the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment. They say that using this treatment once a week can help to nourish hair helping to strengthen it and therefore reduce damage, breakage and frizz.

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How to use: Apply the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment directly onto dry hair // Scoop 1 to 11⁄2 teaspoon into palm of hand and warm by rubbing between hands until it transforms into an oil // Distribute evenly throughout hair and scalp repeating until hair is fully saturated // Comb through and allow to penetrate for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing // For very damaged hair, apply gentle heat from a hairdryer for 5 minutes and/or leave treatment on overnight (be sure to place a towel over your pillowcase or wear a shower cap over your head to protect bed linens)

Having now used this for the last two weeks, I think my tired wintery hair is thanking me! My hair feels noticeably softer, shinier and healthier already. The wax turns into a lovely smelling oil when you rub it between your hands and it washed out easily, without leaving a greasy residue. Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment is available in 50ml or 100ml online (link) or at your local salon/Boots store.  Are you going to treat your hair to some extra loving this year too?


  
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Brunch at Hubbard & Bell with Uncover

Just before Christmas I got invited by the people at Uncover to join them at Hubbard & Bell in Holborn for a delicious brunch, and to find out all about their exciting London dining app. Now you all know I love a bit of brunch and discovering new cool places so this was a pretty easy decision to make. Hubbard & Bell is a great new all-day-restaurant inside the The Hoxton Holborn Hotel. Hubbard & Bell has a gorgeous open kitchen serving grilled meats, seafood and small plates, and of course a wide choice of breakfast dishes and a weekend brunch menu. The cafe/restaurant design is modern and welcoming, I especially loved those big metal lamp shades!

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Uncover hosted the brunch with a group of other lovely bloggers so we started off by drinking coffee (while exploring the menu) and bonded over our joint love of restaurants and food. Plus it’s great going out with other bloggers, you never feel silly for pulling out your DSLR at any opportunity ;)

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For brunch I ordered the Avocado on sourdough with egg and pistachio! And because I may have had a bit of a (christmas party) hangover I also treated myself to side of bacon, nom nom! Now that’s what you call decent serving of bacon, don’t you agree?

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Some other delicious brunch dishes ordered at our table were the Sourdough Pancakes with pineapple and brown butter, the Country Omelette with cheddar, spinach & shiitake and the Hubbard & Bell full English! All equally as tasty – you can check out their full menu’s here.

While we gobbled up our yummy brunch dishes, we of course also chatted about the Uncover app. London has so many amazing restaurants to choose from, but sometimes getting a table at a London hotspot isn’t all that easy. Now that’s where Uncover will come in handy as it is a new restaurant app that enables London foodies to seamlessly discover and book the most desirable restaurants at the last minute! The app allows you to search for restaurants near you or select an area, and it then taps directly into the restaurants’ booking systems so it only will display the places that actually have availability for you that day or evening. This eliminates the annoying process of trying to go through various restaurant booking systems and finding out they actually have no tables available.

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There are already more than 150 restaurants on the app’s books with more being added every week. Some examples of the hotspots you can book on the app are Texture, Nobu, Wild Honey, Gymkhana, Arbutus, Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche, Hawksmoor, Foxlow and Tramshed. People cancel hard-to-get reservations all the time and so the real beauty of Uncover is that it gives its users a quick and easy way to see when this happens and getting that table instead.

I love the concept of this app and definitely will be using it to get my last minute bookings in London going forward. And don’t worry, me and fellow foodie bloggers (Tara from Get The Skinny // Angela from The Awkward Blog // Suze from The Luxury Columnist and Fiona from London Unattached) gave the people from Uncover plenty of recommendations of fab London restaurants they should be adding to the App! The Uncover app is available to download for free at the App Store now – go check it out.

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Brunch with Uncover was a real treat; delicious food at a fab new brunch spot and I got to meet some wonderful new people! Definitely check out Hubbard & Bell when you’re next in the Holborn area.

Hubbard and Bell at the Hoxton Hotel Holborn
199-206 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7BD
Phone: 020 7661 303
www.hubbardandbell.com


  
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When the answer is no..

Hello everyone! It’s Hump Day again so time for some midweek inspiration. Like a lot of people, I sometimes struggle dealing with rejection – so the quote ‘Trust that when the answer is no, there’s a better yes down the road’ is something I am really trying to keep in my head at the moment.

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“You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that. Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you — it’s something inherent. You exist, and therefore, you matter. You’re allowed to voice your thoughts and feelings. You’re allowed to assert your needs and take up space. You’re allowed to hold onto the truth that who you are is exactly enough. And you’re allowed to remove anyone from your life who makes you feel otherwise.” Daniell Koepke

So whenever I feel sad or rejected I need to remember to love who I am  inside and out, and keep pushing forward. No one else should have the power to make you feel small and rejected unless you give them that power. “Rejection doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough; it means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer”. I hope these quotes give you a nice confidence boost today and Happy Hump Day!


  
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Best and Worst Dressed Golden Globes 2015

Award season officially kicked off last night with the annual Golden Globes!  The Golden Globes red carpet is the first major fashion moment of 2015 and I always love seeing what the stars wear to set the tone! Here are my best and worst dressed picks for the Golden Globes 2015.

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Emily Blunt wowed me with her pleated Michael Kors gown. Paired with turquoise jewellery and soft french braided hair it looked lovely // Naomi Watts in Gucci – Shining in yellow (which isn’t an easy colour to pull off). She looks super elegant and I love the Bulgari serpent diamond statement necklace to complete her look // Kate Hudson looks a vision in white in Versace. She’s got one rockin’ body and this white dress with glittering cut-outs shows it off perfectly while still looking elegant // Heidi Klum looks red-hot in Versace. The 41 year old supermodel looks incredible and this bright red is an amazing shade on her which is probably why she rocks it often! // Sienna Miller in Mui Mui – this dress is very different and not quite my style but I think she just shines and looks very gorgeous and cute. And I am adoring her curly bob hairstyle!

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Diana Kruger in Emilia Wickstead – Diana never seems to get it wrong. This silver dress is super elegant, fits her like a glove and her glamour wavy hairstyle finishes the look perfectly // Emma Stone in Lanvin – Adore this girl. There’s a lot going on with this jumpsuit; sequins, a bow at the back and the big sash coming off the trousers but it comes together so well so she made a risky choice but that paid off! Plus again loving the choppy wavy bob hair! // Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Carolina Herrera. Again yellow done so right. This strapless gown with dramatic train is just beautiful on her. //Reese Witherspoon sparkles in Calvin Clein – simple but this look works for her and she looks beautiful // Michelle Monoghan in Jason Wu. This could easily be an unflattering dress but I think it works on Michelle and think it’s a nice change for the red carpet.

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Claire Danes in Valentino – this dress was gorgeous on the runway but isn’t properly tailored to Claire and therefore doesn’t fit properly and does her figure no favours // Lana Del Ray in a vintage Travilla dress – she looks a bit like Priscilla Presley and that is not a good look. The dress, the fabric, the hair and and accessories all scream prom, gone wrong // Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang – I actually think this is a beautiful dress and the white is stunning but the dress isn’t a good fit for her which means it doesn’t define her waist and isn’t flattering when she has a beautiful body // Kate Mara in Miu Miu. This is a lovely gown but she ruined it by putting on that tan bulky belt with it. What were those stylist thinking? // Tiziana Rocca (not actually sure who she is) but this sequin dress with pink satin coming out of the bottom is just horrid. Huge, huge fail.

Who were your best and worst dressed from the Golden Globes 2015?


  
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